Afua Hirsch is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. Her book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, published in 2018, was awarded a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize for Non-Fiction.
Hirsch has worked in international development, law and journalism. She began her professional life as a lawyer in criminal defence, public and international law.
Looking at the past
She then became a legal correspondent for The Guardian and served as the paper’s West Africa correspondent, based in Accra, Ghana. From 2014 to 2017 she was Social Affairs and Education Editor at Sky News. She is now a columnist for The Guardian, appears regularly on the BBC, Sky News and CNN, and presents her own show on LBC radio.
Hirsch was born in Norway to a British father and Ghanaian mother, and brought up in Wimbledon, south London. She attracted criticism by questioning whether Nelson’s Column should remain in place, calling it a symbol of white supremacy because Nelson opposed the abolitionist movement. In response, she said the controversy distracted from her main point that Britain should look more carefully at its past to understand itself better today.